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Contextualism, Factivity and Closure

A Union That Should Not Take Place?


  • Analyzes an inconsistency within epistemic contextualism known as the factivity problem

  • Details different solutions to the factivity problem developed by key philosophers

  • Identifies three main approaches used to solve this problem


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Philosophy book series (BRIEFSPHILOSOPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Stefano Leardi, Nicla Vassallo
    Pages 1-8
  3. Stefano Leardi, Nicla Vassallo
    Pages 9-27
  4. Stefano Leardi, Nicla Vassallo
    Pages 29-45
  5. Stefano Leardi, Nicla Vassallo
    Pages 47-66
  6. Stefano Leardi, Nicla Vassallo
    Pages 67-76
  7. Stefano Leardi, Nicla Vassallo
    Pages 77-90
  8. Stefano Leardi, Nicla Vassallo
    Pages 91-94
  9. Stefano Leardi, Nicla Vassallo
    Pages C1-C1

About this book


This book analyses an inconsistency within epistemic contextualism known as the factivity problem. It also provides key insights into epistemic contextualism, an important innovation in contemporary epistemology, enabling readers to gain a better understanding of the various solutions to the factivity problem. As the authors demonstrate, each explanation is based on a different interpretation of the problem.  

Divided into seven chapters, the book offers comprehensive coverage of this topic, which will be of major interest to philosophers engaged in epistemology and the philosophy of language. After an introductory chapter, Chapter 2 presents the most common understanding of epistemic contextualism and its semantic basis. It also clarifies the epistemological implications of the theory’s semantic assumptions. This chapter also explains the main argument of the factivity problem.

The next four chapters discuss the respective solutions proposed by Wolfgang Freitag, Alexander Dinges, Anthony Brueckner and Christopher Buford, Michael Ashfield, Martin Montminy and Wes Skolits, and Peter Baumann. Stefano Leardi and Nicla Vassallo highlight the similarities and commonalities, identifying three main approaches to the factivity problem.

Chapter 7 provides a brief overview of the solutions proposed to solve the factivity problem and presents an outline of the conclusions reached in the book.


Is Epistemic Contextualism an Inconsistent Theory Solving the Factivity Problem Epistemic Contextualism semantic assumptions of epistemic contextualism Wolfgang Freitag Alexander Dinges Anthony Brueckner Christopher Buford Michael Ashfield Martin Montminy Wes Skolits Peter Baumann Baumann’s relationalism Brueckner and Buford on Epistemic Contextualism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of HumanitiesUniversity of GenoaGenovaItaly
  2. 2.School of HumanitiesUniversity of GenovaGenovaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Contextualism, Factivity and Closure
  • Book Subtitle A Union That Should Not Take Place?
  • Authors Stefano Leardi
    Nicla Vassallo
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Philosophy
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-16154-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-16155-2
  • Series ISSN 2211-4548
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-4556
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 94
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Epistemology
    Mathematical Logic and Foundations
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